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Volume 26, issue 6
Ann. Geophys., 26, 1431–1437, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-26-1431-2008
© Author(s) 2008. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Ann. Geophys., 26, 1431–1437, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-26-1431-2008
© Author(s) 2008. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  11 Jun 2008

11 Jun 2008

An interpretation for the bipolar electric field structures parallel to the magnetic field observed in the auroral ionosphere

Jiankui Shi1, M. N. S. Qureshi2, K. Torkar3, M. Dunlop4, Zhenxing Liu1, and T. L. Zhang3 Jiankui Shi et al.
  • 1State Key Laboratory for Space Weather, CSSAR, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080, China
  • 2Department of Physics, Government College University, Lahore 54000, Pakistan
  • 3Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, 8042, Graz, Austria
  • 4SSTD, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, UK

Abstract. A physical model for the existence of bipolar structures in the electric field that are parallel to the magnetic field and observed in the auroral ionosphere, is established by deriving the "Sagdeev potential" from the two-fluid equations in a cylindrical coordinate system. The model shows that the bipolar electric field structure can develop not only from an ion acoustic wave, but also from an ion cyclotron wave, when the Mach number and the initial electric field satisfy certain conditions. Moreover, in the auroral region, it shows that the polarity of this electric field structure can be oriented either negative to positive or the reverse polarity, its amplitude can be varied from 35 to 330 mV/m, and its duration can be 7 ms to 23 ms. These results are in agreement with observation. Therefore, our two-fluid model can interpret the bipolar structures observed in the auroral ionosphere.

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